Croatian language lessons 2019

Every Monday, we publish a new Croatian phrase and word of the week on our home page. At the end of the year, we publish an annual wrap-up.

Here is a wrap-up of our Croatian language lessons from 2019.

Week of September 2

Phrase

“Mogu zamisliti”
Meaning: I can imagine.

Word

“probati”
/prǒːbati\/, Verb
Definition: to taste, try (food); to try on (clothes)
Example: Želim probati sladoled od trešnje. ~ I want to try the cherry ice cream.
View “probati” in all cases.

Week of September 9

Phrase

“Ja se žurim/žurim se”
Meaning: I am in a hurry.
Example: Use this when someone tries to cut the line at the supermarket because they think their time is more valuable than yours.

Word

“uvijek”
Adverb
Definition: Constantly during a certain period, or regularly at stated intervals; always
Example: Na Bepini je pizza uvijek izvrsna. ~ The pizza is always excellent at Bepina.

Week of September 16

Phrase

“treća sreća”
Meaning: Third time’s a charm

Word

“radost”
/râdoːst\, Noun
Definition: Joy
Example: Radost je živjeti u Hrvatskoj. ~ It is a joy to live in Croatia.
View “radost” in all cases.

Week of September 23

Phrase

“Mi nismo od jučer”
Meaning: Literally means “we are not from yesterday”, but in practice means “we have known each other a long time”.

Word

“izgubiti”
/izɡǔbiti/, Verb
Definition: to forfeit; to suffer the loss; cause (something) to cease to be in one’s possession or capability; (reflexive) to get lost, disappear
Example: Izgubila sam igru pokera. ~ I lost the poker game.
View “izgubiti” in all cases.

Week of September 30

Phrase

“Neću ništa”
Meaning: I want nothing.
Usage: You’ve spotted a friend at a caffe bar and sit down with them, but don’t want to order anything. When the server comes over, say, “Neću ništa”.

Word

“tišina”
Noun
Definition: Quiet, silence, lack of any sound
Example: Na Visu sam zatekala tišinu. ~ On Vis I found silence.
View “tišina” in all cases.

Week of October 7

Phrase

“još malo”
Meaning: A little more; a little further

Word

“nebrojen”
/něbrojen/, Adjective
Definition: Countless
Example: Hrvatska ima nebrojeno puno kafića. ~ Croatia has countless caffe bars.
View “nebrojen” in all cases.

Week of  October 14

Phrase

“Ja isto.”
Meaning: Me too.
Usage: Anytime you would usually use “me too”. I use it most commonly at a restaurant or caffe bar when I want the same thing my friend has ordered. Instead of repeating the order, you can just say “i ja isto” (and me too).

Word

“kao”
/kâo/, Adverb or Conjunction
Definition: Like, such as
Example: Ja sam marljiva kao pčelica. ~ I am busy as a bee.
Learn more about “kao” here

Week of October 21

Phrase

“Ima li mjesta za…?”
Meaning: Is there space for…?
Usage: Best used when asking if a restaurant has room for your party. Just add the number of people to the end, such as “Ima li mjesta za dvije osobe?” ~ Is there space for two people?

Word

“tješiti”
/tjêʃiti/, Verb
Definition: (transitive) to console, comfort
Example: Ja tješim mamu. ~ I am comforting mom.
View “tješiti” in all tenses here.

Week of October 28

Phrase

“Tako je”
Meaning: That’s right. Correct.

Word

“prednost”
/prêdnoːst/, Noun
Definition: the state or condition of being prime or first; preference; advantage; the upper hand
Example: Imam prednost jer ga znam. ~ I have advantage because I know him.
View “prednost” in all cases.

Week of November 4

Phrase

“Šta ima, Što ima, Kaj delaš”
Meaning: Literally translated means “What do you have?” In practice means “What’s up?”
Usage: “Šta ima” is used in Dalmatian dialect. “Što ima” is straight up Croatian. “Kaj delaš” is used in Zagreb/Zagorje dialect.

Word

“bezdan”
/bězdan/, Noun
Definition: Abyss; bottomless or unfathomed depth; precipice
Example: Zaglavila sam u bezdanu birokracije. ~ I’m stuck in the abyss of bureaucracy.
View “bezdan” in all cases.

Week of November 11

Phrase

“Veselim se”
Meaning: I look forward.
Usage: You can use this to state that you are looking forward to something. It can stand alone or you can add something to the end like “Veselim se suboti” ~ “I look forward to Saturday”.

Word

“uzak”
/ûzak/, Adjective
Definition: Narrow, having a small width, tight
Example: Split ima uske ulice. ~ Split has narrow streets.
Learn more about “uzak” here

Week of November 18

Phrase

“Sviđa mi se”
Meaning: I like it.

Word

“zabrinut”
/zǎbrinuːt/, Adjective
Definition: Apprehensive, anxious, worried
Example: Zabrinuta sam zbog toga što ne govorim hrvatski. ~ I am anxious because I don’t speak Croatian.
View “zabrinut” in all cases here.

Week of November 25

Phrase

“Krenula/Krenuo sam”
Meaning: I am on my way.
Background: “Krenula” for females and “Krenuo” for males are the past tense versions of the verb “krenuti” meaning “to move or start”. In past tense, it can be used to mean “I’m on my way”.

Word

“skup”
/skûp/, Noun or Adjective
Definition: A set or collection of objects; A body or group having a common purpose or opinion; Having a high cost or expensive
Example: Restorani u Splitu su preskupi. ~ Restaurants in Split are too expensive.
View “skup” in all cases.

Week of December 2

Phrase

“Ma daj”
Meaning: Oh, come on.
Usage: Can be used in any situation you would usually use “oh, come on” like when you’re discussing something absurd, calling someone absurd, trying to persuade someone or expressing dissatisfaction.

Word

“učiti”
/ǔtʃiti/, Verb
Definition: To teach, learn or study
Example: Polako učim hrvatski. ~ Slowly I’m learning Croatian. -OR- I’m learning Croatian step-by-step.
View “učiti” in all cases.

Week of December 9

Phrase

“Žao mi je.”
Meaning: I’m sorry.

Word

“žudjeti”
/ʒǔːdjeti/, Verb
Definition: To crave or desire, yearn
Example: Žudim za pašticadom. ~ I crave pašticada.
Learn more about “žudjeti” here

Week of December 16

Phrase

“Spremni”
Meaning: We are ready.
Usage: Commonly used when you’re in a restaurant with others to indicate to the server that you are ready to order. The full proper phrase is “Spremni smo”, but usually shortened to just “Spremni”. If the group is only females, then you would say “Spremne”, but if there is at least one male present, use “Spremni”.

Word

skeptičan
/skěptitʃan/, Adjective
Definition: Skeptical
Example: Ja sam skeptična da MUP ima kopiju moje putovnice. ~ I am skeptical that MUP has a copy of my passport.
View “skeptičan” in all cases here.

Week of December 23

Phrase

dapače
Meaning: I am happy to help as your request benefits me.
Background: If someone asks you to do something for them, and the act of you fulfilling their request also benefits you somehow, then you can reply with “dapače” as an affirmative response. Let’s say your friend asks you to pick up ice on the way to their house. You also need cigarettes. So picking up ice is helpful to you because you need to stop and get cigarettes anyways. 

Word

“papiga”
/pǎpiɡa/, Noun
Definition: A parrot (bird)
Example: Vidjela sam papigu u Tommyju. ~ I saw a parrot in the Tommy. (TRUE STORY)
View “papiga” in all cases.

Week of December 30

Phrase

“ima smisla
Meaning: Literally means “it has sense”, but can be used to mean “makes sense”. Alternatively, you could negate it by saying “nema smisla”, which would mean “it does not have or make sense”.

Word

navečer
/nâʋetʃeːr/
Definition: In the evening
Example: Naći ćemo se navečer. ~ We will meet in the evening.

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Please note: Information provided by Expat in Croatia is only for the purposes of guidance. It does not constitute legal or financial advice in any form. Croatian laws and bureaucratic rules often change, and each personal case is individual, so different rules may apply. For legal advice, contact us to consult with a licensed Croatian lawyer. For financial advice, contact us to consult with a licensed Croatian tax advisor or accountant.

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